2785 Tasting Notes

89
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
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85
drank Intensely Buttermint by Twinings
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What an odd flavour combination. It really works though. Thank you for the sample, VariaTEA!

1 teabag, 650 mL very hot water (just under boiling)r, 6 minutes or so.

I am really digging the peppermint + buttery creaminess. I like that the caramel is highlighted with vanilla and is very smooth. It is unique, but I love it. If I ever see a box in the store, it shall come home with me.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I had to go all the way to London for this lol

Arby

hmm maybe an online order then

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60
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you to VariaTEA for a sample of this hard to find seasonal DT blend.

I brewed this hot, but think it could be had iced as well. The main flavours are the green rooibos, pineapple, papaya, creamy tropical fruit, and white pear. It reminds me a lot of Jolly Jellybean. Hmm. I can’t say I’m wild about it, but it isn’t bad, either.

Flavors: Fruity, Pear, Pineapple, Rooibos, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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89
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you to VariaTEA for sending me her pouch of this!

Coldbrew 1.5 tsp leaf, 500 mL cold water, 1 hour (resteeped using same parameters)

I decided to brew this up right away because the mulberry leaf tea from Silk Road is one of my all-time favourites. This is similar (mulberry leaf base) but with macadamia and vanilla icing flavours. I like the umami and light toasty flavour of the mulberry leaf. It is somewhere between a steamed green tea and a toasty oolong. The macadamia is a nice take on mulberry tea because it adds to the natural sweetness and nuttiness of the base.. There is a bit of vanilla icing flavour (not sugar, just aromatic vanilla and desserty).

Overall, I absolutely love this cold., I will try this hot as well. It is a different experience than fresh mulberry from Silk Road because it is flavoured, but I really enjoyed it and wish I could buy a tin of it (retired tea).

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet, Umami, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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91
drank Bianca Chamomile by TeaTaxi
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Thank you to VariaTEA for the sample pouch of this in our tea trade! I can’t remember if I requested it or if you threw it in for me, but I found a new favourite here.

The chamomile is very fresh, and it has a fruity lemon taste that goes perfectly. I’m getting a bit of fruitiness from the hibiscus and orange. Holy moly! Hibiscus used in a way that actually enhances the blend? Props to TeaTaxi for actually crafting something unique that uses only a few simple ingredients and uses them very well. This is a great iced tea (except that the chamomile bits get through my finest strainer…but I don’t mind that too much).

Flavors: Citrus, Dry Grass, Floral, Fruity, Lemon, Orange, Orange Zest, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML
VariaTEA

I tossed this one in. Glad you liked it :)

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100
drank Peppermint Leaves by 3-Crown
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72
drank Vietnam Gui Fei Oolong Tea by What-Cha
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Wow, interesting coldbrew.

1 tsp leaf, 500 mL cold water. This doesn’t steep well cold. It was very light and the pearls didn’t open up very well. I think a longer steep (306 hours) would produce a much more flavourful brew.

My immediate thought was raisins and brown sugar. Molasses, lighted roasted, fruity (apricot and navel orange), sweet. Normally when I get molasses and roasty flavours I expect the slight bitterness associated with burnt sugar or buckwheat, but this tea has no bitterness.

Flavors: Apricot, Brown Sugar, Fruity, Molasses, Orange, Raisins, Roasted

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
LuckyMe

Rolled oolongs don’t open up for me either. Try hot steeping for 1 minute prior to cold steeping. This gives the leaves enough time to unfurl and extracts better flavor. Learned this tip from the Mei Leaf and it works well with rolled oolongs.

Arby

Good to know, thanks!

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38
drank Decaf Green by Tetley
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Astringent, tangy, bitter, and vegetal. Not worth drinking.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Tangy, Vegetal

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50
drank Raspberry Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
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Rose, hibiscus, green apple, peppermint, and raspberry in the same drink? Eh…no. Plus, if you let it steep more than 10 minutes (even coldbrew) it tastes like Earthy beets.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Green Apple, Peppermint, Raspberry, Tart

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89

Trying this as a coldbrew because I’m feeling chocolate today.

1.5 tsp, 500 mL cold water 12 minutes
Resteeped with 500mL cold water, 25 minutes
It could go a few more times with progressively longer steep times.

Lots of flavourful tannins, roasted/toasted buckwheat, cocoa, rich, very dark chocolate. Texture wise it is quite thick, malty. They weren’t kidding when they said Loashans tasted like cocoa. My brew actually smells like hot chocolate. It is also flavourful enough that it would take milk well (although certainly not necessary).

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Tannin, Thick

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, gelatine, marshmallows, whey, lactose, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb) or stevia

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